Politicians back diplomatic solution to Torkham issue
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political and national leaders, who called on President Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday supported the government’s stance to resolve the Torkham border tension with Pakistan through diplomatic channels.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said the president held a consultative meeting before noon at the palace with political and national leaders of the country about the tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan over the construction of a gate on the Torkham border crossing by Pakistani forces.
Deadly skirmishes erupted between Afghan and Pakistani border forces three days ago when the Afghan forces prevented the Pakistanis from constructing a gate on an allegedly disputed territory.
Both the sides suffered casualties in the intermittent clashes that entered a fourth day on Wednesday. The border remained closed for a fourth day, leaving stranded a large number of travelers on both sides of the border. Many families have fled the border area for safety.
The high level huddle at the Presidential Palace was attended by Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar and leaders of various political parties, according to the statement from the palace.
At the start of the gathering, the acting spymaster, defence minister, the national security advisor and the interior minister briefed the participants about the previous and current situation at the Durand Line.
The defence and foreign ministers mentioned efforts being made to prepare security and defence forces and find diplomatic solution to the problem.
CEO Abdullah said the Afghan government instead of war wanted to resolve the Torkham issue through diplomatic ways.
Also present on the occasion were Mohammad Younas Qanuni, Syed Hamid Gilani, Mohammad Muhaqqiq, Syed Hussain Anwari, Wahid Sabawon, Qazi Mohammad Amin Waqad, Asadullah Wafa, Haji Din Mohammad, Maulvi Muhiuddin Baloch, Maulvi Qayamuddin Kashaf and others.
All these leaders supported the government’s stance to resolve the Torkham issue through diplomatic channels and praised the government’s readiness to defend the country.
They said they did not want war, but defending Afghanistan’s territorial integrity was their right and they wanted all issues to be resolved through diplomacy. They also thanked the government for consulting national leaders over national issues.
The president also thanked the political and national leaders for showing unity and consensus on national issues and called their vision and national thinking style as of great importance for Afghanistan.
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